Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, can help farmers improve their chances of effectively managing pests like the pathogen in soybean plants, the soybean cyst nematode. IPM is a set of multidisciplinary tools that emphasizes field scouting and record keeping. It uses both preventive and curative tactics to manage disease, insects, and weeds. The first side to IPM is information about a field or crop. The second is action taken to prevent, or in response to, a pest or pest risk. Afterwards, observation and information gathering begins again to determine if the tactic worked. Deciding which IPM to use, and the best time to use it, is the key.